Subscriber Spotlight Sean Sykora

4x4 Magazine 4WD how to article 100

Basic Info

Owner Name: Sean Sykora

Location: Houston TX

4x4 Magazine 4WD how to article 102Vehicle Make & Model: KrypteLex – Lexus LX450 1996

Builder: Sean Sykora, Complete Customs, Southern Style Off-road and a handful of others along the way.

Years in sport: 22 years


Engine: LS 6.0Longblockw/ Magnuson Super Charger

Engine Modifications: LS7 Lifters, upgraded cam, HV Oil Pump, Upgraded trunnion, performance push rods, ARP Head Bolts, King XP Main rod and cam bearings Gen 4 Floating connecting rods, Liberty Performance Cylinder Heads,

Transmission: 4L60E w/ upgraded corvette servo

Front axle: Stock 80 axle with AISIN Free Wheel Hub w/ chrome-moly gears

Gear Ratio:         410                         Locker: Electric


Rear axle: Stock 80 rear axle

Gear Ratio:      410                             Locker: Electric

Transfer case: Stock LX450 transfer case with 3.12:1 Marlin Crawler Low range Gear Ratio

Drive Shafts: Custom Drive shafts

Steering: Heavy duty Front Range Off-Road Drag Link, and heavy-duty components from Redline Land Cruisers. Thanks Justin Robbins.

Wheels Brand & Size: Rock Wheels: 2008 FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Edition 16” / Cross Country wheels: Icon Rebound HD Bronze 17”

Tires Brand & Size:  Off-road tire: Good Year MTR 315/75R16, Cross Country: KM3 315/75R17


Front Type: Slinky Stage 4 Suspension

Parts used: Adjustable Compression Dampening Control (CDC) with fully adjustable links along with some other heavy-duty components from Redline Land Cruisers.

Rear Type: Slinky Stage 4 Suspension


4x4 Magazine 4WD how to article 101Front Bumper:  One Off Custom Bumper from Sothern Style Offroad

Rear Bumper:  One Off Custom swing out Bumper modular mounting from Sothern Style Offroad

Armor:  Slee Off-Road Skid plate w/ transmission and transfer case shield, Rear and Front Locker armor, Slee Sliders.

Winch/Recovery: 12K Winch, synthetic 3/8”X100 line with safety thimble, ARB Recovery Kit, Gorilla Soft Shackle, Axle Straps, and an array of misc. items.


Seats: Anniversary 97 Edition 80 series leather seats 2 rows.

Wiring: Trigger Six Shooter Wireless Accessory Controller, IBS Dual Battery System

Entertainment: JL Audio shallow mount 12TW3-D4 12” Sub, Kicker Component speakers 6 total, Pioneer 7” head unit, 6 channel Amplifier

Navigation: Lowrance GPS w/ Baja Antenna, Custom I pad mount for on board navigation.

Communications: Cobra 75W, 10-watt Ham radio, and hand helds for out of vehicle comms.

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4x4 Magazine 4WD how to article 99SPAL Dual Fans, Prinsu Rack

I’ve always been in love with the outdoors and seeking the path less traveled. I enjoy the thrill and the pucker factor it often brings.I really enjoy overland challenge/race type wheeling, as well as technical terrain.

I choose this platform because I wanted the trifecta…An off-road beast, a race car, and a Cadillac all wrapped up in one. I have wheeled a few platforms but for me the LX450 presented the perfect chassis/wheel base, the necessary room and the comfort I was looking for.

This was definitely a joint effort. I have done a lot of work myself, but I have to give credit to three shops. Complete Customs in McKinney Texas began with the wrap and motor/Super Charger build, Southern Style off-road for their amazing talents with making one-off custom bumpers and cleaning up my wiring and getting the slinky stage 4 properly installed and Justin with Redline Land Cruisers for his infinite wisdom with the 80 and cruisers in general as well as his beef cake suspension/parts.

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